Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services

First Advisor

Esmeralda Maldonado


The Veterans Transition Center of California (VTC) helps empower veterans that are experiencing homelessness by supporting them with resource connections to improve their health, financial, and housing status. Veterans suffer from poor health both physically and mentally for several reasons, however, having a poor nutritional diet is a common factor that results in critical medical conditions. The purpose of this project was to increase awareness of health, nutrition, and diet among veterans by creating a resource manual full of health-forward recipes using fresh and nutrient-rich ingredients. This manual became accessible to veterans through the VTC food pantry. Two veterans attended the community meeting and 14 veterans used the pantry following the implementation of the resource manual. Additional steps to motivate nutritional health practices among veterans are to increase the production of the resource manual to expand accessibility, add recipes, and ask for veteran feedback to incorporate their personal needs.